American Seed Trade Association

American Seed Trade Association Founded in 1883, ASTA represents companies involved in seed production, distribution, plant breeding & related industries in North America. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.
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Earlier this year, International Seed Federation celebrated the International Year of Fruits & Vegetables with business ...
08/01/2021
Seed Talks Episode 3: ISF celebrates the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables #IYFV2021

Earlier this year, International Seed Federation celebrated the International Year of Fruits & Vegetables with business leaders & plant breeders who shared how fruits and vegetables have been & are being made more nutritious for consumers all over the world. #JustGrowIt #IYFV http://ow.ly/309B50FHw6g

ISF celebrates #WorldHealthDay and the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (#IYFV2021) with business leaders and plant breeders who share how fruits ...

#PlantBreedingInnovation builds on what breeders have been doing for years and allows them to reach the same endpoint as...
07/31/2021

#PlantBreedingInnovation builds on what breeders have been doing for years and allows them to reach the same endpoint as through traditional plant breeding, but in a more precise and targeted way. Take a look at how #GeneEditing compares. #JustGrowIt

#PlantBreedingInnovation builds on what breeders have been doing for years and allows them to reach the same endpoint as through traditional plant breeding, but in a more precise and targeted way. Take a look at how #GeneEditing compares. #JustGrowIt

Ancient texts and artifacts have allowed researchers to estimate the age, and evolution, of watermelons. Over the last 5...
07/29/2021
The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

Ancient texts and artifacts have allowed researchers to estimate the age, and evolution, of watermelons. Over the last 5,000 years, watermelons have gone from seedy and yellow to sweet and red thanks to #PlantBreeding. #JustGrowIt #IYFV http://ow.ly/Ydka50FzQM8

Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.

Studies estimate only 9% of Americans are getting their daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. That’s why Te...
07/28/2021
Table-to-Farm approach to create healthier melon supply| AgriLife Today

Studies estimate only 9% of Americans are getting their daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are using a “table-to-farm” approach to create more flavorful and nutritious melons. #JustGrowIt #IYFV @seedTexas http://ow.ly/FbEU50FzQtU

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists use a “table-to-farm” approach for a safer, healthier and more sustainable melon supply chain.

A team of researchers at @SeedTexas are looking to develop new melon cultivars with enhanced nutrition and flavor. #Just...
07/26/2021
Leaders in Precision Nutrition - Texas A&M AgriLife Research

A team of researchers at @SeedTexas are looking to develop new melon cultivars with enhanced nutrition and flavor. #JustGrowIt #IYFV @AgriLife Texas A&M AgriLife Research http://ow.ly/8COH50FzQcq

Leaders in Precision Nutrition Texas A&M AgriLife Research continues to advance the state of science by understanding intricate connections among diet, nutrition and human health — especially the unique nutrition characteristics of individual people, known as precision nutrition. This page explore...

07/25/2021

Happy International Year of Fruits and Vegetables! This week, we’re taking a look at another summer favorite – melons! Follow along this week for some fun facts about melons and research being done to improve them. #JustGrowIt #IYFV

For over 30 years, Fred Gmitter has studied the genetic code of citrus fruits. Much of his research now focuses on ways ...
07/24/2021
Dr. Fred Gmitter: Living Life with a Twist of Citrus

For over 30 years, Fred Gmitter has studied the genetic code of citrus fruits. Much of his research now focuses on ways to make Florida’s orange trees more resilient to citrus greening, a deadly disease that has decimated the industry. #JustGrowIt #IYFV http://ow.ly/cwt150Fx0Zz

The University of Florida plant scientist discusses his career journey and passion for fruit

We’re on the cusp of seeing amazing breakthroughs using #CRISPR #GeneEditing to cure debilitating diseases in humans & a...
07/23/2021
Dr. Fred Gmitter: Living Life with a Twist of Citrus

We’re on the cusp of seeing amazing breakthroughs using #CRISPR #GeneEditing to cure debilitating diseases in humans & animals. Can we do the same for plants? This might be Florida’s citrus industry’s best hope. #JustGrowIt #IYFV http://ow.ly/BV3Y50Fx0YQ

The University of Florida plant scientist discusses his career journey and passion for fruit

07/22/2021
ASTA Response to Seed Treatment Article

Seed treatments are a critical component of safe integrated pest management practices and reduce the need for farmers to apply products over the entire field - resulting in benefits for both growers and the environment. #JustGrowIt @andylASTA https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/columns/letters-to-the-editor/article/2021/07/22/asta-response-seed-treatment-article

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07/22/2021

Are humans hardwired to love citrus fruits? “If I show you a picture of a lemon, your mind immediately smells the lemon,” says Fred Gmitter UF IFAS Solutions I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly craving an ice-cold glass of lemonade! #IYFV #JustGrowIt Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

07/20/2021

#DYK? All of the grapefruit varieties available today are mutants from a tree found in the Caribbean. The original had white flesh & 50 seeds in each fruit. Through a series of spontaneous genetic changes, it went through an evolution developing its blush color. #IYFV #JustGrowIt

For over 30 years, Fred Gmitter UF IFAS Solutions has studied the genetic code of citrus. Now he’s using that research t...
07/19/2021
Saving The Orange

For over 30 years, Fred Gmitter UF IFAS Solutions has studied the genetic code of citrus. Now he’s using that research to help save Florida’s famous orange trees from citrus greening, a disease that has decimated the state's citrus production #IYFV #JustGrowIt Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) https://youtu.be/qkws7jvEj3A

Could your morning cup of orange juice be in danger? How can CRISPR gene editing change Florida's citrus industry? Dr. Fred Gmitter has the answers.

07/18/2021

Happy International Year of Fruits and Vegetables! This week, we’re shining a spotlight on citrus. #DYK? Citrus fruits can range in size from that of a pea to that of a pumpkin! #IYFV #JustGrowIt Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Biting into a fresh, sweet berry may be a simple pleasure, but berries' genomes are complex, making it difficult for bre...
07/17/2021
Researchers Team Up to Breed a Better Berry

Biting into a fresh, sweet berry may be a simple pleasure, but berries' genomes are complex, making it difficult for breeders to develop new, tastier, healthier varieties. #GeneEditing can help breeders develop these varieties more efficiently. #JustGrowIt http://ow.ly/YEl350FusbS

A new partnership, led by Pairwise, will help researchers further explore berry genomes.

07/15/2021

The first varieties of blueberries in the 1900s came directly from the wild – & could only grow in cool, northern climates. Thanks to plant breeding, we have varieties that are better adapted to changing environmental conditions & can thrive in warmer locations. #JustGrowIt #IYFV

07/12/2021

Whether it’s pie, pancakes, or straight out of the carton, blueberries are one of America’s most popular fruits! But #DYK? They weren’t domesticated until 1900 – when plant breeders unlocked the secret to successful cultivation: acidic soil. #JustGrowIt #IYFV

07/11/2021

Happy International Year of Fruits and Vegetables! This week, we’re shining a spotlight on one of our favorite summer fruits – blueberries! #JustGrowIt #IYFV

Preservation of plant germplasm is essential for sustaining and improving food production in a world constantly challeng...
07/10/2021
Introduction

Preservation of plant germplasm is essential for sustaining and improving food production in a world constantly challenged by changing climate and emerging plant pests and disease. USDA Agricultural Research Service is helping with this task through a new website. #JustGrowIt https://grin-u.org/

Jeff Carstens Conservation of clonally propagated crops at the USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames, Iowa

People like lettuce and nearly all the lettuce in the U.S. comes out of California. But changing weather patterns could ...
07/09/2021
Lettuce vs. Climate Change

People like lettuce and nearly all the lettuce in the U.S. comes out of California. But changing weather patterns could affect this $2-3 billion industry. Find out how scientists are working to help this crop survive #ClimateChange #JustGrowIt #IYFV https://youtu.be/B_BNMqiAHWI

Climate change threatens the Salad Bowl of the world. Researchers and plant breeders at UC Davis share how they are using new plant breeding methods to save it.

Tomatoes are not just tasty - they may be able to help lower blood pressure, too! Sanatech Seeds introduced a new tomato...
07/07/2021
Will doctors start prescribing a scoopful of salsa?

Tomatoes are not just tasty - they may be able to help lower blood pressure, too! Sanatech Seeds introduced a new tomato with higher levels of an amino acid that can help hypertension. #JustGrowIt #IYPH http://ow.ly/ZJHV50Frdo9

Thanks to Sanatech's tomatoes, doctors might soon prescribe salsa, Caprese salad, or fresh bruschetta as means for lowering blood pressure and staying healthy.

2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and this week we are taking a look at some of your favorite summ...
07/04/2021

2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and this week we are taking a look at some of your favorite summer grilling favorites! Follow along as we share some facts about tomatoes, gherkins and lettuce. #JustGrowIt #IYFV

2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and this week we are taking a look at some of your favorite summer grilling favorites! Follow along as we share some facts about tomatoes, gherkins and lettuce. #JustGrowIt #IYFV

#DYK? Whether produced through traditional plant breeding, or through newer innovative breeding methods like #GeneEditin...
07/02/2021

#DYK? Whether produced through traditional plant breeding, or through newer innovative breeding methods like #GeneEditing, all new plant varieties go through rigorous testing for safety and quality before their seeds are ever sold to farmers. #JustGrowIt

#DYK? Whether produced through traditional plant breeding, or through newer innovative breeding methods like #GeneEditing, all new plant varieties go through rigorous testing for safety and quality before their seeds are ever sold to farmers. #JustGrowIt

Today, ASTA's new officer took office. Chair Brad May, BASF; 1st Vice Chair Jim Schweigert, Gro Alliance; 2nd Vice Chair...
07/01/2021
ASTA Announces New Leadership Team, National Award Recipients - ASTA

Today, ASTA's new officer took office. Chair Brad May, BASF; 1st Vice Chair Jim Schweigert, Gro Alliance; 2nd Vice Chair Dave Armstrong, Sakata Seed America, we are looking forward to your leadership over the next year! #JustGrowIt http://ow.ly/rQwm50Fn55V

Washington, D.C.—June 23, 2021–The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced its newly-elected officer team and honored industry award winners during its 2021 Policy & Leadership Development Conference, June 21-23 in […]

Agricultural innovations like #GeneEditing are helping to create a more sustainable future for our planet. Take a look a...
06/30/2021
Five New Technologies Helping the Environment

Agricultural innovations like #GeneEditing are helping to create a more sustainable future for our planet. Take a look about five exciting advancements helping the environment. #JustGrowIt http://ow.ly/P8ra50FczgG

New advancements can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect endangered species.

#DYK? Most of the GMO crops grown today were developed to help farmers prevent crop and food loss and control weeds. Whe...
06/29/2021

#DYK? Most of the GMO crops grown today were developed to help farmers prevent crop and food loss and control weeds. When they plant GMO crops, farmers can spray less pesticides, reducing the amount that end up on crops. #JustGrowIt #FeedYourMind http://ow.ly/SxxO50Fcz8X

#DYK? Most of the GMO crops grown today were developed to help farmers prevent crop and food loss and control weeds. When they plant GMO crops, farmers can spray less pesticides, reducing the amount that end up on crops. #JustGrowIt #FeedYourMind http://ow.ly/SxxO50Fcz8X

#DYK? By looking at a seed bag, reading the label, and working with your local seed dealer, you can be assured that you'...
06/28/2021

#DYK? By looking at a seed bag, reading the label, and working with your local seed dealer, you can be assured that you're getting the best product possible to meet your individual needs. #JustGrowIt #WhatsInABag https://www.betterseed.org/whats-in-a-bag/

#DYK? By looking at a seed bag, reading the label, and working with your local seed dealer, you can be assured that you're getting the best product possible to meet your individual needs. #JustGrowIt #WhatsInABag https://www.betterseed.org/whats-in-a-bag/

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1701 Duke St, Suite 275
Alexandria, VA
22314

The American Seed Trade Association office is located across from the King Street Metro Station.

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 837-8140

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